Ice & Lights: Holiday Fest & Tree Lighting
Kick off the Holiday season Dec.7, 2-8 p.m., at Ice & Lights: Holiday Fest and Tree Lighting Celebration. Visit Santa at Specker Field House, go ice skating, ride on ponies, enjoy s’mores by the fire pit, and much more. The Tree Lighting will take place just outside Specker. This event is open to DoD ID Card Holders, guests and visitors. For more, visit Belvoir.armymwr.com.
Tax Center Volunteers Needed
The Fort Belvoir Legal Assistance Office needs volunteers to help prepare state and federal income taxes for the upcoming tax season. Volunteers will get training and a chance to help out the military community. Interested volunteers call Ralph Joyner, 703-805-4370.
Mount Vernon by Candlelight
Tour Mount Vernon by Candlelight, Friday, 6:15-8:45 p.m. Tour George and Martha Washington’s home by candlelight and learn more about holiday traditions in 18th century Virginia. For tickets and pricing, www.mountvernon.org.
Annual Holiday Card Workshop
Join the Smithsonian National Postal Museum for their annual Holiday Card Workshop, Dec. 7 and 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the museum; 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington D.C. Create handmade cards with provided supplies and then mail them to friends and relatives with a special Postal Museum postmark. For more, call 202-633-5555.
Handel’s Messiah Family Concert
See and abbreviated version of Handel’s Messiah at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., noon-1:30 p.m. (concert starts at 12:30 p.m.) For tickets, tix.cathedral.org, for more info, call 202-537-6200.
Brunch with Santa Sunday and Dec. 15
The Fort Belvoir Officers’ Club hosts a special Brunch with Santa, Dec. 1 and 15 at the club, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy Sunday brunch and meeting Jolly Saint Nick. Santa is available for pictures from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. so bring your camera. The dress code is business casual (no tennis shoes or jeans). For reservations, call 703-780-0930.
WMATA offers reduced fare to 60% disabled Veterans
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority offers Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID cards to Veterans with a VA disability rating of 60% or greater. Obtaining a Reduced Fare SmarTrip ID can reduce costs by as much as 50% on Metrorail, Metrobus, MARC, MTA, and other participating providers. For more, call 202-962-2700, option 1, or TTY 202-962-2033; email: email@example.com, or visit www.wmata.com/service/accessibility/reduced-fare.cfm
Parents’ Night Out
Back by popular demand is Parents’ Night Out! CYS offers child care for an affordable price of $25 per child, so parents can enjoy a special night out. Parents’ Night Out is offered on the 2nd Saturday of every month, 5-10 p.m. The next date is Dec. 14 and you must register in advance. For more, call 703-805-5555.
New Year’s Eve
Dance to a live DJ and ring in the New Year, Dec. 31, 7 p.m.-1 a.m. with a four course gourmet dinner, a glass of champagne for the toast, party favors and continental breakfast. The cost is
$90 per person and reservations open Monday and are required. Purchase tickets at the Officers’ Club, or by phone at 703-780-0930 ext. 600.
The Religious Support Office has active middle and high school programs for each faith community on Fort Belvoir comprised of weekly meetings, small groups, retreats, conferences, contemporary worship and other activities. For more info, Catholic: 703-806-5745; Jewish: 703-806-3393; Protestant: 703-806-3958.
The Fort Belvoir Community Center is looking for people interested in instructing a class within MWR. All skills welcome: Dance, cooking, pottery, painting, bartending, fishing, canoeing, etc. If interested, contact Romel Voellm at 703-805-9239.
Transitioning Service members
The Army Soldier for Life Office and Department of Defense launched the SkillBridge website. The DOD SkillBridge program helps Service members gain civilian work experience through industry-specific training, apprenticeships, or internships during their last 180 days of military service. For more info, visit dodskillbridge.usalearning.gov.
The Resale lot is open for active duty, retirees, and DoD civilians to display a vehicle, RV, trailer, or boat (on a trailer) for sale. The lot is located at the corner of Gunston and Abbott roads. Cost for an 18-foot space is $45 for 30 days. Register for a space at the Automotive Skills Center. For more, call 703-806-4088.